Anodyne is described on steam as an Action, Adventure Indie game and is being compared to the 2D Zelda titles. I’m not 100% confident in comparing the two considering to my knowledge (I may be wrong) the last 2D Zelda game is 20 years old this year.
The aim of Anodyne is to protect ‘The Briar’ from some kind of evil entity. You grab your sword (broom) and head into the nearest dungeon under the advice of a ‘Sage’ in order to prepare yourself to fight ‘The Darkness’. I only played the first dungeon but so far it plays very much like your average 90’s dungeon crawler. Kill monsters, hit switchers, figure out puzzles. Not un-enjoyable but also not breaking the mold.
The game makes fun of itself and the game genre through interactions with NPCs. One particular conversation that springs to mind is an NPC telling you that a man sold him a mirror and he thought there was a camera behind it so he sprayed it with soapy water, I like a little bit of random in my game so I found these kind of interactions enjoyable.
The game has an achievement for completing it 100% within 3 hours so it isn’t by any stretch of the imagination the longest game ever created however at it’s current price point I have no issues with it being that short.
I personally don’t really have any appreciation for the 2D dungeon crawler, it’s just not a genre that I had much fun with as a kid (Maybe I was a stupid kid who knows) and I went into Anodyne expecting to dislike it. But this was not the case, even when I was dying due to plain stupidity (Maybe I’m a stupid adult, who knows?) I was keen to hit that continue button and show that mob/puzzle who was boss.
The game is currently $6.69 on Steam and will be back to $9.99 after the 30th of March.
In answer to the question, Yes I would play Anodyne.
If you want to see some gameplay for yourself feel free to check out http://youtu.be/IbHWS1zAJxk for the first 20 minutes of my experience.